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FAQ for Malvern College Hong Kong

Malvern College Hong Kong (MCHK) will open its doors in September 2018 and ultimately provide 960 places for both primary and secondary students. Leveraging Malvern College UK’s 25 years of highly successful experience in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, MCHK will be a through train IB school, offering the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the Diploma Programme.
  • When is the starting date?
    • September 2018
  • What is the full capacity of the school?
    • 960 students
  • How many classes will you run?
    • 3-4 classes each at Primary (Years 1-6). Further details regarding Secondary will be provided at a later stage.
  • What is your class size?
    • 20-24 students
    • Roughly 1:10 teacher to student ratio
  • What are the school hours?
    • Exact time will be decided later, but we expect it to be between 8:00am – 3:30pm
  • What makes you unique among other international schools?
    • Malvern College has a very long, prestigious, and successful history of over 150 years. This experience and our proven track record place us as a world leader in the educational market, with a range of schools around the world within the Malvern network.
 
    • What is your school management structure?
      • School Headmaster and Primary/Secondary Principals supported by other academic and non-academic managers/coordinators
    • Will your management team come from the UK?
      • The management team will be selected based mainly on qualification and experience in international education, particularly IB. In addition, Malvern College UK will offer support in staff recruitment and quality assurance
    • What is the relationship between Malvern College and Malvern College Hong Kong?
      • It is a close partnership. Malvern UK is intimately involved in the development and management of Malvern College Hong Kong.
      • Governance will be ensured by a management board well represented by Malvern UK, which meets every quarter to discuss issues on the operation of schools.
      • Malvern UK is involved in the planning and operation of the school, covering areas ranging from campus design to staff appointment.
      • There will also be sharing of teaching experience and knowledge. Senior teaching staff recruited for Malvern College Hong Kong will undertake a week-long immersion at Malvern UK, including training and a briefing on teaching resources they can utilise. Quarterly training will be conducted by Malvern UK staff in Hong Kong.
      • Malvern UK attaches great emphasis to the quality of the education delivered by its international network of schools. As such, it has set up a quality assurance programme that includes a yearly inspection of the school’s operations and academic programmes outside the UK.
      • As a testament of the close relationship between the mother school and Malvern College Hong Kong, there will be reserved places for students of Malvern College Hong Kong at Malvern UK if they so choose to further their studies at Malvern.
    • Are Qingdao College and Chengdu College in China also managed in the same way as Malvern College Hong Kong?
      • All Malvern colleges share the same ethos and values, and the operations of the schools generally mirror that of the mother school in the UK. However, of course there are adaptations for each country to meet the national requirements laid down by their governments and English capabilities of its student intake.
 
    • Will the admissions be rolling admissions?
      • Before the opening of the school, MCHK accepts application throughout the school year.
    • Will you assess all applicants?
      • Yes, we will invite all applicants for assessment or observation session.
    • Will you accept a child who does not speak English?
      • A minimum level of English is necessary, and this will also depend on other criteria including school reports and parents’ ability to offer English support at home.
    • What priority rankings will you have for Admissions?
      • We are looking to build a student population with a diverse mix.
      • We are open to considering students who may need some support in English in the short term, if their home environment can support their learning of English.
      • In addition, the following groups will have priority for assessment:
        • Corporate Nomination Right (CNR) nominees;
        • Individual Nomination Right (INR) nominees;
        • Siblings of students already attending Malvern College Hong Kong;
        • Students who have been attending Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong for at least one year prior to admission to
        • Malvern College Hong Kong;
        • Children of Old Malvernians (alumni);
        • Students transferring from another school in the Malvern College family – they must have attended the school for a minimum of 2 years and must have strong school reports;
        • Students who bring diversity of nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, learning styles and needs
 
  • What are the details of the school curriculum? What are the compulsory subjects? What are the optional subjects?
    • We are going to be a through-train IB school offering PYP, MYP and IB diploma. Our curriculum will be enriched with a wide co-curricular programme.
    • We will deliver a well-rounded education based on the IB framework.
    • The school will teach Sciences and Mathematics through practical learning, with opportunities for internships, exhibitions etc. in collaboration with entities such as CUHK.
    • English is the medium of instruction and Chinese language learning is mandatory for all students.
    • Programmes will be in place to support second language learners as well.
    • Malvern College Hong Kong will also introduce Forest School into its curriculum. Forest School is led by qualified Forest School practitioners. The school’s proximity to the Hong Kong Science Park and country parks in the New Territories makes it an ideal place to provide the Forest School programme to students.
  • What curriculum will you run?
    • We will offer IB curriculum in a personalized approach. Students will have core curriculum courses supplemented with enrichment courses according to their individual needs
    • We will use the IB framework/curriculum because it offers the best choice available for students pursuing an international education regardless of country location. It is currently the most widely adopted international education framework around the world
  • Can you tell me more about the IB curriculum?
    • It is the curriculum of choice of more than 4,500 international and local schools in more than 140 countries in Asia and around the world, which provides testament to its success;
    • The IB is recognised by top universities around the world, thus opening many doors for our graduates as they pursue further education;For children who might move across countries, IB curriculum is more widely offered by schools as compared to a particular national curriculum;
    • The IB takes an inquiry-based approach to learning a broad range of knowledge, and emphasise not only academics but also creativity, sports, and community services. This is markedly different from the traditional approach of lecturing a narrower set of subjects and academics and exam-oriented;
    • It is an inquiry-based curriculum where children are able to explore and research ideas and concepts and develop their own body of knowledge at their own pace of learning, thus fitting with our own personalised approach to learning and teaching;
    • True to our mission, it is a rigorous and challenging curriculum that applies stringent standards and practices to ensure quality education;
    • The programme utilises a conceptual, interdisciplinary and holistic approach, offering opportunities for deeper and broader knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, as well as the development of the child as a global citizen;
    • Its curriculum development is collaborative in nature, involving schools and teachers in a cyclical process and ensuring that our curriculum always adheres to global standards and meets the needs of our students and community.
  • Why did you choose this curriculum?
    • It aligns closely with Malvern College’s philosophy and mission;
    • Easily accessible around the world and shares a common ethos/mission of Malvern College, which is currently also offering IB
  • What is special about the science curriculum?
    • Nuffield / STEM – hands on approach, science exploration, starting at a young primary age. Our environment and proximity to Science Park and CUHK is a great advantage.
  • Do you offer learning support?
    • We will be offering some learning enrichment depending on the needs of the individual child including some language assistance options for those who may require it but this will be part of the entrance assessment process.
  • Tell me a bit more about your Chinese curriculum?
    • We will offer first and second language Chinese. We will also have a strong link/partnership with Beijing National University (BNU) whose expertise will support us through curriculum design and teacher training.
    • Learning Chinese is mandatory for every student. In line with prevalent practices across international schools in Hong Kong, simplified Mandarin will be taught. Enrichment courses on literature and practical writing will be offered for able students.
 
  • What are your school fees?
    • It is anticipated that our annual tuition fees will be $160,000 per year (subject to EDB approval) for Years 1 to 6. For Years 7, 8 and 9 these fees are anticipated to be $182,000 per year (subject to EDB approval).
  • Do you offer scholarships?
    • Yes, we will use 10% of our tuition fees income for scholarships and fee assistance.
 
    • Will you have enough playground space for the children?
      • The school design will have playground areas on ground floor and the roof.
      • G/F will have about 750m2 children playground and landscape garden at the external area. R/F will have about 1000m2 playground and landscape garden together with a 57m x 37m (2100m2) sports field.
      • Several semi-covered roof terraces on different floors (Approx. 1000m2in total) will be provided for students’ activities and leisure.
    • Do you have enough sports facilities?
      • A 6-lane 25m indoor swimming pool
      • A 200m2 indoor gymnasium
      • A 750m2 indoor sports hall (full size standard basketball court and other sports)
      • A 2100m2 outdoor play field on the roof
 
  • Can I drive my child to school?
    • It is mandatory that students arrive and leave school by school bus or by public transportation
    • The school bus network will have multiple bus routes to upmarket neighbourhoods esp. those with a sizeable expat population
 
    • Where do your teachers come from?
      • Qualified teachers will be recruited internationally and locally.
   
  • Will you have a PTA?
    • Parental support and involvement in the education of their children is essential. The school will develop a formal structure once we start our operation.
 
  • Can students transfer easily between MCHK and other Malvern schools, including Malvern College UK?
    • Each Malvern school runs independently, but we will be planning exchange programmes between the Malvern College Family of Schools.
    • For Malvern College Hong Kong students, there will be a limited number of reserved places at Malvern College UK at Year 9 to transfer over and finish their education in the UK. The student will need to pass the entrance criteria for the UK.
 
  • How long will they last?
    • They have a 12-year life span that can extend to 22years
    • At the end of 12 years, the company can get a full refund minus an administration charge OR the company can keep it and the CNR will depreciate evenly over the next 10 years. Total life span then is 22 years
  • Can I sell them to another company?
    • Yes. If the company wants to sell, then they must approach the school who will have a list of interested companies. The school will act as the agent and charge either 10% of the selling price or 50% of any profit made. Whichever is higher. If sold within the first 12-year period, then the CNR starts counting its 12 years again for the new company. If the company keeps the CNR beyond 12 years, then it is valid for a further 10 years depreciating pro-rata over those 10 years to a value of HK$0 and is no longer usable.
  • When the first child leaves the school can the company renominate?
    • Yes. Renomination fee will be $25,000
 
  • How much are they?
    • We are pleased to have received keen interest from parents and corporations. The application period for the second round of Individual Nomination Rights has closed. If you are interested, please contact us at nr@malverncollege.org.hk We will be happy to put you on our list of interested parents should a further round be offered at a later date.
  • How long will they last?
    • For the duration of your child’s attendance at the school
  • What benefits do I get?
    • Your child will be considered a higher priority than a child without an INR and you don’t need to pay the annual capital levy.
 
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